I have a bit of a reputation (hopefully in a good way!) among the students as being a bit...quirky. Maybe weird. But I teach with a lot of energy, enthusiasm, and creativity. We do a ton of active learning, and we do some impressive projects. My students work hard and produce quality work, and I'm always so proud of their growth. We have one-to-one technology (iPads), and I love what we get to do with them.
That said, I also know there are areas I need to improve. Here are my professional goals for this school year:
- Improve my classroom management
- Manage paperwork responsibilities more efficiently and effectively
- Improve communication with parents
- Improve daily routines
- Consistently include active and technological learning opportunities and approach learning as student discovery rather than teacher directed
- Maintain healthier work/home balance
· I'm excited about the plans I have in place to improve these areas. I really think I've got things moving in the right direction.
The first day was a whirlwind, as expected, but I think this will be a neat group of kids to work with. I' sure miss the ones that have moved on, though! I saw a ton of former students in the halls today, and they all seem so old! They simply aren't allowed to grow up. But, on second thought, maybe it's rewarding to see them so mature and well-adjusted.
Now I'm home with my feet up, watching an episode of Dance Moms and relaxing for a brief moment before I get supper ready for my family. I'll leave you with some pictures of my room!
This is our time-out desk, an idea borrowed from a friend from college. I now have a "Fair vs. Equal" poster from this great blog loaded with freebies!
this I found on Pinterest...
· And finally the giant pencil I made out of a pool noodle, based on an idea featured in Family Fun magazine.
Isn't my room fun?! :D